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FDA: Several pet foods contaminated with Salmonella

16 February 2018

Recalls were issued by 4 pet food companies after the FDA issued reports about salmonella contamination leading to pets becoming ill or dying.

"Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting", the FDA said.

Following in the footsteps of 2 other pet food manufacturers, Redbarn Pet Products has voluntarily recalled its 7-inch Bully Stick 3-packs due to possible Salmonella contamination. Raw food products from these brands were found to test positive for salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

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"We believe this was an isolated incident".

Two illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, Raws for Paws said.

Redbarn President Jeff Sutherland released a statement regarding the voluntary recall: "On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella".

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"We test every product lot before it leaves our manufacturing plant". The lot code was tested at the company's lab and by a third-party testing facility.

"While dogs' and cats' digestive systems are created to be able to process pathogens, such as salmonella, with no impact on them, at Darwin's, we take this situation very seriously", the company said on its website.

Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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"Smokehouse is proud of our consistent quality and safety processes in place".

Darwin's first series of product recalls encompassed three lots of Meals for Dogs manufactured on July 20, July 21 and July 25 in 2016, less than one month following the June 2016 inspection.

Since October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural has initiated four recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products, including the death of one kitten from a severe systemic Salmonella infection.

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In addition, lab analysis of closed packages of Darwin's pet food obtained by FDA from Judy on January 24 found Salmonella in the product. Very young children may also be exposed by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal's feces.

FDA: Several pet foods contaminated with Salmonella